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February 23 2014

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Big Oil, Bad Air

Center for Public Integrity - By Alex Cohen, Chris Zubak-Skees, Zahra Hirji, Sabrina Shankman, Marcus Stern. - Feb. 23 (Special Report) - When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie. About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees.

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January 24 2014

08:00

Acidification fight faces political hurdles

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Jan. 24 (Special Report) - The corrosion of the oceans by carbon-dioxide emissions has barely made a ripple among Washington, D.C.’s power brokers. Little money gets earmarked for research. Ocean change has inspired few stabs at curbing CO2. In fact, aside from West Coast lawmakers and scattered others from coastal regions, few in Congress seem to grasp the scale of the challenge, said current and retired lawmakers from both parties.

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January 21 2014

08:00

China Exports Pollution to US, Study Finds - New York Times

New York Times - By Edward Wong - Jan. 21 (News Report) - China Also Exports Pollution to Western U.S., Study Finds

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January 18 2014

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December 26 2013

08:00

2013 In Review: Obama Talks Climate Change–But Pushes Fracking

Mother Jones - By Suzanne Goldenberg - Dec. 26 (Special Report) - This was the year when climate change came out of the closet. Barack Obama elevated climate change to one of his top presidential priorities. White House and other officials brought up the topic in public after spending the previous four years scuttling away from any mention of climate change. Climate change became a factor in state elections and there were polls suggesting even Republicans in the most conservative states wanted to take measures to avoid a future of dangerous climate change. But it was also a year when Obama claimed as a personal achievement the expansion of oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing, and when the coal industry sent coal overseas to rescue the mines closing down at home. Barack Obama used the January 21 inaugural address for his second term in the White House to renew his commitment to respond to the climate crisis "knowing that ...

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December 17 2013

08:00

ALEC Calls for ‘Guerilla Warfare’ in Weakening Carbon Emissions Standards

ecowatch.com - By Aliya Haq - Dec. 17 (News Report) - ALEC claims it is increasing its transparency, but old habits die hard (if they die at all). Several reporters were refused entry into the conference, including Dana Milbank of The Washington Post and Andy Kroll of Mother Jones. A few handpicked media outlets were allowed to attend the large plenary sessions, but not the task force meetings between lawmakers and corporations.

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December 11 2013

08:00

ALEC's "Institutional Corruption," From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 11 (Special Report) - We discuss ALEC’s latest efforts, along with its historic opposition to divestment campaigns from apartheid South Africa, with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

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December 09 2013

08:00

Eastern States Press Midwest to Improve Air

New York Times - By By CORAL DAVENPORT - Dec. 09 (News) - Eastern States Press Midwest to Improve Air

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December 08 2013

08:00

Shanghai shrouded in pollution

BBC News - Dec. 08 (News) - Authorities in Shanghai have warned people to stay indoors as the city suffers one of its worst bouts of air pollution

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December 03 2013

08:00

#ShutDownCanada: Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt

Common Dreams - By Lauren McCauley - Dec. 03 (News Report) - Anti-fracking activists across Canada have taken to the streets Monday, answering a rallying call by the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation who have called for an Emergency Day of Action to protest assault on native lands and right to protest. After a series of weekend anti-fracking blockades where members of the Elsipogtog community and their allies faced off against energy company SWN Resources in New Brunswick, supporters of the indigenous protest movement are rallying outside the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

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November 20 2013

08:00

Colorado Fracking Companies Admit to Major Air Pollution Problem, Emissions Rules Proposed

nationofchange.org - By Jesse Coleman - Nov. 20 (News Analysis) - With approval from major drilling and fracking companies, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proposed a set of regulations to reduce pollution from methane and other dangerous gases leaked by the oil and gas industry. The rules are focused on fracking wells, a mostly unregulated drilling technology that has allowed an unprecedented increase in fossil fuel extraction in Colorado and across the nation.

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November 16 2013

08:00

House readies vote to thwart ‘fracking’ regs

The Hill - By Ben Geman - Nov. 16 (News Report) - The House will likely vote next week on GOP bills that would block Interior Department regulation of oil and gas “fracking” and set new deadlines for drilling permit approvals. On fracking, Rep. Bill Flores’s (R-Texas) plan is the latest GOP pushback against Interior efforts to toughen regulation of fracking on federal and tribal lands.

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November 15 2013

08:00

Fossil Fuel Corporations Dominating the UN Climate Change Conference

The Real News - By Rachel Tansey - Nov. 15 (News Report) - we've always seen a lot of industry and business lobbying around the climate talks. But what's unique about this year is that the presidency of the UNCCC--that's the UN climate negotiating body--which is currently the Polish government, has invited 12--now actually 13 different companies to be partners to the conference. And these partners are corporations which are profiting from contributing to climate change. We have oil and gas companies like the French conglomerate Alstom, to polish coal and oil companies PGE and Lotos, the world's biggest steel company ArcelorMittal, not to mention BMW and General Motors, Emirates Airline, basically all corporations which are contributing massively to climate change if you look at the effects of their businesses.

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November 12 2013

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"Stop This Madness": Filipino Climate Chief Yeb Saño Begins Hunger Fast to Protest Global Inaction

Democracy Now - By Yeb Saño, Amy Goodman - Nov. 12 (News Report) - On the opening day of the U.N. climate change conference in Poland, the chief climate negotiator from the Philippines gave an emotional appeal to the world to address the climate crisis following Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded. Estimates say the storm has killed at least 10,000 people. "In solidarity with my countrymen who are now struggling for food back home, and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days ... I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate,” said Yeb Saño. A year ago, Saño gave another speech to the U.N. climate summit in Doha following the devastating Typhoon Bopha that killed some 1,100. “In Doha, we asked, ‘If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’ but here in Warsaw, we may very well ask these same forthright questions,” Saño said yesterday. “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw.”

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November 07 2013

08:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership: "We Will Not Obey"; Building a Global Resistance Movement

truth-out.org - By Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers - Nov. 07 (Opinion) - We are in a time of transformational change. The opportunity is here to reverse the destruction wrought by rigged corporate trade agreements and to demand trade that is fair and promotes sustainable practices. There is no reason trade cannot improve the lives of workers and people around the world, as well as protect the planet from the rapacious destruction of corporate greed. We need to insist that people and the planet come before profits.

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November 04 2013

08:00

Can sea life adapt to souring oceans?

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Nov. 04 (Special Report) - work with urchins, as well as other species, suggests that acidification sooner or later may still push these and other marine organisms beyond what they can tolerate. “Evolution can happen, and it can happen quickly,” said Hofmann, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), who has studied urchins for years. “But concerns about extinctions are very real and very valid. Biology can bend, but eventually it will break.”

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October 30 2013

07:00

Naomi Klein: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet

AlterNet - By Naomi Klein - Oct. 30 (Special Report) - He talked about system boundaries, perturbations, dissipation, attractors, bifurcations and a whole bunch of other stuff largely incomprehensible to those of us uninitiated in complex systems theory. But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.” There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance”

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October 27 2013

07:00

More than 15 Million Americans Now Live Within One Mile of a Fracking Well

| NationofChange - By Katie Valentine - Oct. 27 (News Report) - a recent Reuters analysis uncovered the unsettling trend of home developers keeping the rights to oil and gas reserves under the houses they sell, in many cases without notifying the homes’ buyers outright. That way, the home developer can lease the land of an entire neighborhood to a natural gas company — with or without the residents’ consent.

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Monsanto’s RoundUp Linked to Argentina’s Growing Health Problems

| NationofChange - By Ashley Curtin - Oct. 27 (News Report) - The pesticides are contaminating Santa Fe’s water supply and, with an increase in cancer rates, many studies link the health problem to an over use of Monsanto’s RoundUp.

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October 24 2013

07:00

China's Smog As Seen From Space

All Things Considered - Oct. 24 (News) - Smog was so terrible in one city that it closed schools and grounded planes. The satellite image shows how wind patterns and the mountains helped trap the pollution.

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